CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001 Cyber Security Series) Certification

CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001 Cyber Security Series) Certification
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What is the CompTIA PenTest+ Online Course?

If you’re looking to shift your career path towards the Cyber Security industry and are intrigued by becoming an Ethical Hacker, Security Analyst or Penetration Tester, studying for your CompTIA PenTest+ Certification will be highly beneficial in helping you achieve your career goals.

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to determine the resiliency of a network against cyber-attacks as well as explain how to customise assessment frameworks to collaborate on and report findings successfully.

By the end of this course, you’ll have built the knowledge and confidence in the following subject areas:

  •  Planning & Scoping – Be able to explain the importance of planning and essential aspects of compliance-based assessments
  •  Penetration Testing Tools – Learn how to conduct information collection exercises using a series of tools and be able to analyse output and basic scripts, such as Bash and Python
  •  Information Gathering & Vulnerability Identification – Understand how to thoroughly gather information to prepare for exploitation and then go on to perform a vulnerability scan to analyse the results
  •  Reporting & Communication – Utilise report handling and writing best practices to explain recommend strategies for mitigation, for discovered vulnerabilities
  • Attacks & Exploits – Know how to exploit networks, applications and RF-based vulnerabilities, as well as how to summarise physical security attacks and how to perform post-exploitation techniques   

Is the CompTIA PenTest+ training course for me?

The CompTIA PenTest+ Certification course is perfectly suited for individuals looking to break into the Cyber Security industry as well as those who are working through other CompTIA qualification and wish to learn more about Cyber Security in greater detail.   


Although there are no prerequisites to enrol on this course, it is strongly recommended that you first achieve your CompTIA Security+ Certification (if you haven’t already done so). 

Where could this qualification take you next?

Once you have obtained your CompTIA PenTest+ Certification, you can begin applying for a range of Cyber Security roles, including:

  •  Security Analyst - £50k
  •  Vulnerability Assessment Analyst - £51k
  •  Penetration Tester - £55k
  •  Vulnerability Tester - £55k
  •  Network Security - £60k

(Source: ITJobsWatch)

There has never been a better time to break into such a lucrative industry. Due to the high demand for skilled and qualified candidates, Cyber Security professionals earn an average salary of £70k per annum.

Why choose to study with us?

By enrolling on this course with us, you’ll benefit from:

  •  Training sessions which are focused on you
  •  Recruitment insight to enhance your employability
  •  Having a CompTIA Authorised Training Partner
  •  Unlimited Tutor Support
  •  Flexible payment plans 

Course Syllabus

The CompTIA PenTest+ online course will guide you through the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction

  •  CompTIA
  •  The PenTest+ Exam
  •  What Does This Course Cover?
  •  CompTIA PenTest+ Certification Exam Objectives

Module 2: Penetration Testing

  •  What Is Penetration Testing?
  •  Reasons for Penetration Testing
  •  Who Performs Penetration Tests?
  •  The CompTIA Penetration Testing Process
  •  The Cyber Kill Chain
  •  Tools of the Trade
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 3: Planning and Scoping Penetration Tests

  •  Scoping and Planning Engagements
  •  Key Legal Concepts for Penetration Tests
  •  Understanding Compliance-Based Assessments
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 4: Information Gathering

  •  Footprinting and Enumeration
  •  Active Reconnaissance and Enumeration
  •  Information Gathering and Defences
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 5: Vulnerability Scanning

  •  Identifying Vulnerability Management Requirements
  •  Configuring and Executing Vulnerability Scans
  •  Software Security Testing
  •  Developing a Remediation Workflow
  •  Overcoming Barriers to Vulnerability Scanning
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 6: Analysing Vulnerability Scans

  •  Reviewing and Interpreting Scan Reports
  •  Validating Scan Results
  •  Common Vulnerabilities
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 7: Exploit and Pivot

  •  Exploits and Attacks
  •  Exploitation Toolkits
  •  Exploit Specifics
  •  Leveraging Exploits
  •  Persistence and Evasion
  •  Pivoting
  •  Covering Your Tracks
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 8: Exploiting Network Vulnerabilities

  •  Conducting Network Exploits
  •  Exploiting Windows Services
  •  Exploiting Common Services
  •  Wireless Exploits
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 9: Exploiting Physical and Social Vulnerabilities

  •  Physical Facility Penetration Testing
  •  Social Engineering
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 10: Exploiting Application Vulnerabilities

  •  Exploiting Injection Vulnerabilities
  •  Exploiting Authentication Vulnerabilities
  •  Exploiting Authorisation Vulnerabilities
  •  Exploiting Web Application Vulnerabilities
  •  Unsecure Coding Practices
  •  Application Testing Tools
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 11: Exploiting Host Vulnerabilities

  •  Attacking Hosts
  •  Remote Access
  •  Attacking Virtual Machines and Containers
  •  Physical Device Security
  •  Attacking Mobile Devices
  •  Credential Attacks
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 12: Scripting for Penetration Testing

  •  Scripting and Penetration Testing
  •  Variables, Arrays, and Substitutions
  •  Comparison Operations
  •  String Operations
  •  Flow Control
  •  Input and Output (I/O)
  •  Error Handling
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises

Module 13: Reporting and Communication

  •  The Importance of Communication
  •  Recommending Mitigation Strategies
  •  Writing a Penetration Testing Report
  •  Wrapping Up the Engagement
  •  Summary
  •  Exam Essentials
  •  Lab Exercises 

Exam: Code PT0-001

The CompTIA Project+ exam tests your knowledge on what you have learnt throughout this certification, enabling you to effectively plan and scope an assessment, understand compliance and legal requirements, and know how to perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing.

Exam Format - Performance-based, multiple-choice.

Number of questions - Maximum of 85. 

Duration - 165 minutes.

Pass Mark - 750/900 (83%).

Course Code
Online Course with Exam
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android